WHAT does the Government think it is doing? When the Chancellor announced in his Budget speech that local councils might be given the power to relax Sunday-trading laws, the argument put forward was so weak as to be insulting
WHEN, in 1973, politicians were seeking to sell the ideas of the Common Market to UK voters, there were appeals to noble ideals — as well as hints about cheap wine. The wine lake never made it across the Channel, and the ideals appear to have dried up, too. Just to recap, the reason that a pro-Europ...
SEVERAL narratives have emerged about what happened in Canterbury last week. The most prominent is that, although there has been a stay of execution, the Episcopal Church in the United States is being eased out of the Communion in a reassertion of heterosexual orthodoxy
“THE world does not see the spiritual Church but a divided and wounded body” — Archbishop Welby, talking to the Primates this week. Well, up to a point
"The Word was made flesh whether the world wanted him or not. Anxiety cannot manifest him"
2015 will be remembered as the year of the refugee crisis — although in reality it was the year that a crisis that began in 2011 forced itself on European attention
WE HAVE nothing against Judy Garland, but her 1944 song “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, written by Hugh Martin, encapsulates in its first line all that is wrong with the modern Christmas
WHEN problems present themselves, the temptation is always to tackle the effects, not the causes
THE latest story from an abuse survivor, recounted on the news pages this week, raises again the question how to proceed when the accused is dead, and cannot answer for himself. There is still widespread disquiet about the shadow cast over Bishop George Bell, who died in 1958, after...
DARTH VADER’s quotation from the first Star Wars film, "I find your lack of faith disturbing", is now being printed on a mug
"The season of Christ the King is an opportunity to reflect on the nature of the kingdom inaugurated by Jesus"